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date: 22 October 2019

Tosatti, Vierilocked

  • Raffaele Pozzi

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(b Rome, Nov 2, 1920; d Rome, 1999). Italian composer. He studied with Dobici, Ferdinandi, Jachino and Petrassi at the Rome Conservatory until 1942, and with Pizzetti between 1942 and 1945. He taught composition in Rome from 1966 to 1986, although after 1970 he virtually gave up composing for writing. Tosatti made his début as a composer in the 1940s with works such as the Canzoni nuziali for chorus (1942), the Tre studi da concerto for piano (1943) and the Sonata a due for two pianos (1943), all of which reveal solid workmanship but lack a personal musical identity. However, in the Concerto della demenza for two pianos, speaker and other performers (1946) and the subsequent Partita e pugni, cantata for tenor, baritone, speaker, chorus and orchestra, Tosatti displayed a newly characterful taste for biting satire and for almost a sacrilegious sense of musical paradox which brought him to critical attention. From the 1950s on, he became interested chiefly in dramatic music, though on occasion he returned to traditionally-conceived, well-wrought concert works such as the Viola Concerto (...

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